Re: Re : Deseret Alphabet [was: Re: Regularized Inglish]
|From:||dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, September 30, 1999, 4:26|
On Wed, 29 Sep 1999, From Http://Members.Aol.Com/Lassailly/Tunuframe.Html wrote:
> well, i consider roman alphabet a difficult stuff (any alphabet is - long live
> syllabaries ;-) but i'm not sure i can handle this one on my computer.
> i'm wondering : if deseret handles english fonetik'li, why not examine its
> consonants and vowels and attribute a latin sign to each of them ?
The motivation for the Deseret Alphabet was as much a desire on
the part of the Mormons (in particular Brigham Young) to separate
themselves from the mainstream of American society as it was to
facilitate the acquisition of English by foreigners. Using the latin
characters would have defeated this purpose. (Brigham Young's
isolationist principles can be seen in his economic and political
policies as well.)
firstname.lastname@example.org "All grammars leak."
http://www.u.arizona.edu/~elzinga/ -Edward Sapir